…… is days away.
You can actually check out the countdown on the UCF Homecoming website.
If that doesn’t prepare you for the excitement that surrounds Homecoming week, what will? (FYI, I am not referring to the kind of Homecoming where our kids announce they are coming home for the weekend, although that can be equally as thrilling.) From the beginning of the week’s activities (October 9th) to the big football game (this year we are playing the E. Carolina Pirates on Saturday, October 14th), then the Kid’s Carnival on the final day (Sunday, October 15th); there is plenty to do and the excitement is contagious.
University of Central Florida’s Homecoming has been a tradition since its earliest years, but it has grown in size and enthusiasm over the years. At the beginning stages, UCF actually had two Homecomings – one to coincide with the Basketball season and the other the Football season. Today there is only one in the fall semester. The week’s activities are fun-filled and rich in pride and spirit. This year’s Comedy Show (Monday, October 9th at 8 pm) kicks off the week with stars, Adam Devine and Adam Ray (who my son tells me are very funny, but since I watch little TV, we will have to take his word for it here). Student tickets are free and alumni can get a discount code on the UCF Alumni page. Royal voting for the Homecoming Court begins that day and closes October 12th at noon, but the announcement of Homecoming King and Queen won’t come until the big football game. Applications for Homecoming Court are still open through 5 pm on September 7th.
Throughout the week there are Coin Wars (Thursday, 11-4), Talent Shows (Auditions are Sunday, September 24th at 11 am, but the actual show is Wednesday at 8 pm), Movie Night (Tuesday, 8pm) and the big concert, October 12th at 8 pm where Martin Garrix will be performing. (Alumni can get discount tickets through a code on the UCF Alumni Facebook page.) Perhaps, the most exciting part of the week takes place on Friday at noon when about 10,000 students come together for the Spirit Splash at the Reflection Pond in front of the library. Ducks will be thrown, t-shirts distributed and music will blast. It is one of the biggest Homecoming traditions in the country. On Friday night there is an amazing firework display at Memory Mall. The sky will light up at 9 pm, but the festivities begin at 7:00 (and include vendors with food).
While just about any Knight Football game is exciting, the Homecoming game is extra sensational. This is the game that many alumni come to so the spirit is extra high. If you plan to go, you may want to get there a few days before to indulge in some of the fun; you are practically guaranteed a good time. Book your hotel near campus early. Buy tickets early for the Homecoming game (and try to sit on the shady side of the stadium just in case it is a day game.) Remember too that traffic and parking will be a basic nightmare, so the closer to campus you stay the better – or plan to indulge in many Ubers (which will undoubtedly include exorbitant surcharges).